SALT LAKE CITY β€” Five educators have been nominated for Utah's 2013 Teacher of the Year award.

The nominees are: Jennifer Graviet, ninth-grade English, Sand Ridge Junior High; Britnie Powell, sixth-grade teacher, the Salt Lake Center for Science Education; Julie Allen, kindergarten through sixth grades, Antimony Elementary School; Sara Hacken, seventh- and eighth-grade U.S. history and language arts, Lakeridge Junior High School; and Camille Clegg-Patch, seventh-grade science, Clarke N. Johnsen Junior High School.

β€œIt’s always a difficult task to do the selection process given the quality of the teachers and the differences in the environments in which each of them teach,” Utah State Office of Education public relations director Mark Peterson said.

Once the five finalists were selected, they were invited for an in-person interview with the selection committee.

The 2013 Utah Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception on Oct. 5. The winner is awarded $10,000 and move on to compete with the teachers of the year from other states in a national competition. The first runner-up will receive a check for $5,000. The second runner-up receives $3,000.